Trump: Cruz campaign going ‘up in flames’
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE on Wednesday chalked up recent attacks by rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE to the Texas senator’s "tanking" poll numbers.

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“He is a liar and these ads and statements made by Cruz are clearly desperate moves by a guy who is tanking in the polls — watching his campaign go up in flames finally explains Cruz’s logo,” Trump said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

The billionaire businessman dismissed Cruz’s accusations that Trump supports abortion rights and opposes gun rights.

“I am pro-life and I do not support tax payer funding for Planned Parenthood as long as they are performing abortions,” he said in the statement. “I am also a strong advocate of the [National Rifle Association], as are my sons.”

Trump also renewed his threat to file a defamation lawsuit against Cruz over the attacks and said such a suit would be “legitimate.”

“If I want to bring a lawsuit, it would be legitimate,” he said, adding that he is also considering bringing Canadian-born Cruz to court to challenge his eligibility to be president.

Cruz at a press conference on Wednesday accused Trump of “bullying others and threatening frivolous lawsuits.”

The Cruz event came after the Trump campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter over an ad in which the businessman calls himself “very pro-choice.”

New polls released on Wednesday show Cruz trailing Trump by double digits in South Carolina ahead of the state’s Feb. 20 primary.